'That's what I do'

Washington's Colin Tanigawa holds back NU's Jared Crick from getting to Husky quarterback Keith Price at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln on Sept. 17, 2011. (World-Herald News Service)

On Wednesday, I wrote about Jared Crick’s move to the Denver Broncos.

Crick was a Cozad football great, as well as participating in track and basketball for the Haymakers. He went on to be a star defensive end for the Huskers, nabbing conference and national honors in his junior season.

If not for a pectoral injury, Crick would have probably landed in the first round of the NFL draft in 2012. He was projected as high as a Top 10 pick in the six games before the injury.

He spent four years with the Texans, starting opposite of all-everything defensive end J.J. Watt and hit free agency in March. Wednesday, he signed a two-year deal with the Broncos to play once again for Wade Phillips, the defensive coordinator he played for in Houston his first three years.

Crick is, without a doubt, one of the best athletes to come out of the Telegraph area.

On Thursday, I received a note from Cory Spotanski, the athletic director at Cozad. It was a story about Crick’s playing time for the Haymakers.

As the story goes — relayed from Ron Bubak, the longtime coach of the Haymakers and still a math teacher — Crick “decleted” an unsuspecting defensive player from his tight end position on a peel back block against Broken Bow.

On the bus back to Cozad, Bubak showed the film and the bus erupted when it came to Crick’s block.

Bubak looked at Crick and said, “Nice block, Crick.”

Crick shrugged his shoulders and said, “That’s what I do.”

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